Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for Central Senatorial District election and Leader of the 7th Senate, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba has named six (6) uncompleted projects and 37 unprocessed bills as things he forgot in the Senate.
The former lawmaker who is currently the Chairman of the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC) hosted newsmen at his Calabar residence to answer the unwavering question of what he forgot in the Red Chamber having being there for 12 years and yet still contesting for a return.
“We (him and his team) have taken time to answer the questions you expect from the public; ‘what did you forget in the Senate?’ because that is the only thing they can ask.
“I said well, I forgot a lot of things in the Senate. I started the Rwandam in Boki and it has been forgotten in the Senate. I started the Greater Edeh water scheme that was intended to supply water from Ndeh community of Ikom to Nkonfab the last village in Ikom before you get to Ogoja. That also has not been completed. It has been forgotten in the Senate. I started a specialist hospital in Ikom that is forgotten in the Senate. I started the Ikom – Etomeh Agbokim Water Fall, it is still not finished. I started a police barracks in Itigidi; not finished, forgotten in the Senate. I started a Faculty of Law Building in University of Calabar; not finished, forgotten in the Senate. So, those are the things I forgot in the Senate; And of course, I had many bills, only the Freedom of Information Bill became an act of the National Assembly while the other 37 bills are still there, unprocessed. So, I forgot all of those things in the Senate,” Ndoma-Egba said verbatim.
Essentially, the APC candidate seized the event to posit that “the Senate, especially the peculiar circumstances of Cross River State is about sending somebody who brings value and align the State with the National Government in Abuja”.
He noted that though the PDP candidate, Sandy Onor was eminently qualified for the same job, however, Egba believes Sandy will not be able to achieve what the Cross River State needs at the moment – aligning the state with the center and cannot be bringing the kind of attraction in the Senate that he will be bringing because, according to him, as a ranking member he would become, certain privileges would be accorded him which Sandy cannot get as a first term member.
Egba added that he was running the race on his records; “I am letting my records speak for me. Many of you here were with me in 2014 when I toured my projects. If you recall, we stopped at project number 74. We did not exhaust the projects that we had because the projects were up to 90 and for want of time, we could not finish touring all round. If we attracted that number of projects, perhaps, we should be able to do far more in the future,” Ndoma-Egba assured.